Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A Chicago police detective desires revenge on the criminals who killed his family in the exciting crime thriller, Ashes of the Living by John Cox. Detective Tyler Morgan is a tough cop, but when he goes home, he leaves his aggression at work. His home with his wife and daughter is the only place he finds peace and comfort. When the head of a drug organization murders his family, Tyler loses everything that makes his life bearable. Between his lack of sleep and the unending nightmares, the balance between right and wrong is greatly diminished. Converting into one of the criminals he once put behind bars, Tyler begins to pursue those responsible for shattering his soul and his happiness. Putting his career on the line, and not too concerned about justice, Tyler becomes a vigilante as he seeks the blood of those who killed his family.
Ashes of the Living by John Cox is an intense and unforgettable crime thriller. It is a heart-pounding story with explicit and gory details depicting the savagery of both the protagonist and the antagonist. Detective Tyler Morgan's story is shocking, and his psychological decline is realistically represented. The impact of his devastation is heartrendingly real, making his character relatable. Disturbing scenes brimming with brutality, bloodshed, and torture create an electrifying and action-packed novel that kept me on the edge of my seat until the story's explosive conclusion. I recommend this novel to everyone who relishes exhilarating crime thrillers with dubious heroes with questionable ethics. Due to the graphic violent scenes, this book is more suitable for a mature reader.